A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Reuters news agency was killed on Friday during a clash between Afghan forces and the Taliban.
Dane Siddiqi, an Indian citizen who was attached to the Afghan city of Kandahar along with the country’s special forces, reported fighting between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters when he was killed. Reported by Reuters.
Siddiqi was killed by the Taliban in crossfire near a border crossing with Pakistan as Afghan forces tried to reclaim the main market square of Spin Boldak, an Afghan commander told Reuters. Siddiqi, who was wounded in the arm by a shrapnel earlier Friday, spoke to shopkeepers when the Taliban attacked him again, killing him along with a senior Afghan officer.
Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said they were still looking for more information on their colleague’s death.
“The Dane was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a very beloved colleague,” the statement said. “Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”
Siddiqi has covered crises around the world, including Iraq, Nepal and Hong Kong. In 2018, he was part of the Reuters team of photographers that received the Pulitzer Prize for Fine Art Photography for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.
More than 60 media workers were killed in Afghanistan between 2018 and 2021. UN report says this year.
US troops they are expected to be outside of Afghanistan by the end of the next month after 20 years of war, despite the growing presence of Taliban forces retaking parts of the country.
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